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Coursework sample - American history (1918 to 1941): Using these 4 passages and your own knowledge, assess the view that the success of the new deal
Finance & Accounting
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Name 1 Name Class Instructor Date Gradual Change: Reassessing the Historic Impact of the New Deal Historians and economists can be as susceptible to ideology as politicians. It can be difficult to appraise a socio-political phenomenon as massive, and as polarizing, as the New Deal without seeing it through the prism of pure politics…
The interpretations of Donald McCoy and Hugh Brogan come closest to understanding the larger picture in which the New Deal must be judged. The tradition of progressive reform the New Deal set in motion was so fundamental and far-reaching that it changed the way American Democracy functions and laid the groundwork for the development of a more responsive, and responsible, government. Brogan makes an incisive comment in explaining that simply setting in motion such a far-reaching and progressive initiative is a massive undertaking when one considers political and special interest opposition and public criticism. “Later critics have blamed the New Deal for not going further, faster: it is always so easy to demand the impossible, and so tempting to play down the importance of starting something. FDR and his team had started a lot…” (Brogan, Name 2 607). Brogan’s viewpoint is that critics take too narrow a view of the New Deal, which has accomplished far more over time than could ever have realistically been done in the few short years between 1932 and 1941. The New Deal helped reshape the relationship between the executive and judicial branches, with its repercussions for the management of future crises (i.e. Watergate), and set new expectations for the role of Congress. ...
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